Meandering Roads

By |2013-01-17T21:54:16+00:00Jan 17th, 2013|

Oh man, do I love me some rolling roads – especially in the southwest. About two hours into our trip from Vegas to Death Valley, Matt Kloskowski and I spotted a bank of very eerie clouds. We parked alongside this road and Matt went to town shooting them. While I didn’t see much in them, Matt did walk away with a killer shot and while he was off doing his thing, I immediately noticed this road.

I think a lot of people can empathize with capturing these types of roads as they chase into the backdrop of gorgeous landscapes. I was thankful that my Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II lens was already mounted  because I think it’s the lens compression that really makes this shot pop.

In any case, after about 10 minutes of shooting, our hands were sufficiently frozen and we jumped back in the car, bounding for our next stop.

In terms of processing

All effects were applied in Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software. I applied Kryptonite while masking Moulin Rouge on the road, Thermopylae on the desert, and a custom Color Enhancer on the yellow lane dividers.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3.

[map w=”745″ h=”185″ lat=”36.3183″ lon=”-116.5437″ marker=”yes” z=”17″ maptype=”SATELLITE”]


  1. Matthew Ibbs January 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Looks pretty straight to me. Nice pic though. :)

  2. sharma gudipudi January 17, 2013 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    well defined slopes and ups:).

  3. Cameron Siguenza January 17, 2013 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    So many plus ones – so here is a substantive comment.

    Cool photo bro :)

    No seriously – love the composition, and the atmosphere and that hill remind me of the movie Krull or something like that. Those clouds arae so cool.

  4. Alex Cruceru January 17, 2013 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    I can hear The Doors song with this image

  5. Justin Brown January 17, 2013 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Very cool shot, I really like the contrast in the dark road.

  6. Eli Anderson January 17, 2013 at 11:39 pm - Reply


  7. Joe Dolister January 18, 2013 at 12:38 am - Reply

    I feel "Butterflies" in my tummy +Brian Matiash Fun!

  8. Anusha Nigam January 18, 2013 at 3:45 am - Reply

    long drive pe challlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

  9. Elena Solomon January 18, 2013 at 3:57 am - Reply

    This makes me miss driving!

  10. Ankita Davate January 18, 2013 at 4:25 am - Reply


  11. Boris Manic January 18, 2013 at 4:51 am - Reply

    very nice!

  12. Laura A January 18, 2013 at 6:45 am - Reply


  13. Manon Beaulieu January 18, 2013 at 6:58 am - Reply

    This is a very nice shot.

  14. Mary Broussard January 18, 2013 at 7:13 am - Reply


  15. Michel Nadeau January 18, 2013 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Geat shot, who knows I may have cross you on that road while I was at CES. Death Valley in a beautiful place to visit. Next year, I will spend a week there, I only had an afternoon and it was great.

  16. Bogdan Szuta January 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash , Your GPS unit needs some "tuning", it is 200 off :)

  17. Dominique Dubied January 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Congrats for your Top at Photoextract!

  18. pech Sethayutt January 20, 2013 at 10:08 am - Reply


  19. Sean January 23, 2013 at 4:04 am - Reply

    Hey Brian, fantastic shot, love that compression !

  20. faisal January 30, 2013 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Love the barren feel to this! Great work!

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